New MTB trail an­nounced

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JENVEY

A NEW flow trail on Mys­tic Hill will take rid­ers to the base of Bright’s moun­tain bike park and pro­vide a link to the town’s re­cre­ation re­serve.

The yet to be named route will be about 2.5km long and will start at the Hero Trail in­ter­sec­tion on Hazel­dine Road and run down to Dougherty’s Bridge.

Keep­ing to the south of Hug­gins Road the whole time it will al­low rid­ers to en­ter Ro­tary Pines on Corona­tion Av­enue via the ex­ist­ing bridge un­der­pass where the trail head will also be moved.

The new trail and un­der­pass up­grade will cost $90,000, sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than the orig­i­nal plans to build a tun­nel un­der Corona­tion Av­enue near the top en­trance to Pi­o­neer Park.

Alpine Com­mu­nity Pla­na­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Alia Parker aid the abil­ity to link the Hero Trail to the Alpine Events Park via Dougherty’s Bridge wasn’t avail­able when the project first started.

“This op­tion has quite a few ben­e­fits, one be­ing that the new trail con­nects with a greater num­ber of trails on Mys­tic and al­lows more rid­ers to fun­nel down to the shut­tle area near Dough- erty’s Bridge,” she said.

“It will also help to al­le­vi­ate the amount of traf­fic on Mys­tic Lane.

“Un­til now, rid­ers had to make their way down the road to ac­cess the shut­tle ser­vice which wasn’t an ideal ex­pe­ri­ence for ei­ther rid­ers or lo­cal res­i­dents.”

Alpine Shire Coun­cil only re­cently came to an agree­ment with the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning to hold com­mit­tee of man­age­ment over the Ro­tary Pines area, which is lo­cated be­tween Dougherty’s Bridge and Pi­o­neer Park.

The re­lo­ca­tion of the trail head away from the res­i­den­tial area on Mys­tic Lane and next to the events park precinct is also seen as a pos­i­tive devel­op­ment be­cause the new space will bet­ter cater to the growth of the moun­tain bike park.

“Now that coun­cil has com­mit­tee of man­age­ment over Ro­tary Pines, this pro­vides a space for a Mys­tic Park Trail Head and lev­elled grass area for car park­ing to be es­tab­lished, which has broad sup­port from lo­cal stake­holder groups and is ACP’s pre­ferred out­come,” Ms Parker said.

The new trail was de­signed in con­junc­tion with the Alpine Cy­cling Club with con­struc­tion slated for spring, and an open­ing date to be an­nounced prior to sum­mer.

Track build­ing spe­cial­ists TrailS­capes have been awarded the ten­der for the works.

The com­pany is owned by Garry Pat­ter­son who is a for­mer na­tional moun­tain bike cham­pion and found­ing mem­ber of Moun­tain Bike Aus­tralia.

The new trail will be the third flow trail to be added to Mys­tic Hill in as many years af­ter the Hero Trail, which opened in De­cem­ber 2016, and Down DJ, which fol­lowed last Septem­ber.

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